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June 30

June 30, 2017 – The Disneynature Film Ghost of the Mountains is Released to Theaters

“Journey with Disneynature to the mountains of China.”

On June 30, 2017, the eleventh entry under the Disneynature documentary label, Ghost of the Mountains, was released to theaters in a limited engagement. Narrated by Antoine Fuqua and directed by Ben Wallis, the documentary takes viewers to mountains in China (specifically the area of Kham) as the filmmakers look for the elusive snow leopards. The film is notable for being the first to show snow leopard cubs, and is considered the best source for footage of the snow leopard in general. The documentary has since been featured on Netflix, and was a finalist at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in 2017.

June 29

June 29, 2018 – The Beverly Sunset Boutique Opens in Hollywood Studios

“Shop from a show-stopping selection of Pixar merchandise and pre-packaged, tasty treats inside this whimsical ‘theater.’”

On June 29, 2018, the Beverly Sunset Boutique merchandise store opened in the Beverly Sunset Theater within Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Replacing the confectionery Sweet Spells, the shop sells Pixar-related merchandise, with its opening coinciding with the opening of Toy Story Land. Guests can also purchase a variety of packaged sweets.

June 28

June 28, 1988 – The Shop M. Mouse Mercantile Opens

“Enter the house of the mouse for all things Mickey: apparel, toys, jewelry and more – plus princess wear and pin trading!”

On June 28, 1988, the resort souvenir shop M. Mouse Mercantile opened in Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort. Located on the resort’s mezzanine level, this shop sells a variety of toys, apparel, and park essentials, such as pins.

June 27

June 27, 1991 – The Shop Mickey’s Mart Closes

On June 27, 1991, the souvenir shop Mickey’s Mart officially closed. Open since October 1, 1971, the store was located in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland area, and sold a variety of general park merchandise. After closing, the area became Mickey’s Star Traders.

June 26

June 26, 1952 – The True-Life Adventure Featurette Water Birds is Released to Theaters

On June 26, 1952, the True-Life Adventure featurette Water Birds was released to theaters as a two-reel short film. It was the fifth True-Life Adventure featurette created. Created in collaboration with the National Audubon Society and the Denver Museum of Natural History, the featurette showed audiences the life of a variety of water birds, such as pelicans, flamingos, and storks. The featurette would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).

June 25

June 25, 2005 – The Ward Kimball Steam Engine is Put Into Service in Disneyland

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“Also, unlike the other engines, it was named not for an icon of the railroad, but for an icon of the Walt Disney Company.”

On June 25, 2005, the number 5 engine, the Ward Kimball, was officially put into service as part of the Disneyland Railroad. It was the first new engine to be added to the railroad in almost 50 years, and was named for Nine Old Men member and railroad enthusiast Ward Kimball; Kimball’s love of trains inspired Walt Disney’s love of railroads. The engine would be dedicated on February 15, 2006, as a part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland. The engine itself was operated by Kimball’s grandson, Nate Lord, an engineer for the Disneyland Railroad.

June 24

June 24, 1993 – The Discoveryland Station Opens for the Euro Disneyland Railroad

“Leave tomorrow behind you and steam ahead to your next magical stop in Disneyland Park.”

On June 24, 1993, the Discoveryland Station opened as part of the expansion of the Euro Disneyland Railroad (now the Disneyland Railroad). The railroad originally opened on April 12, 1992 with three stops: Main Street, Frontierland, and Fantasyland. The Discoveryland station was opened to bridge the gap within the par, and brings guests across views of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril and Pirates of the Caribbean.